Within the imagination by Anne-Katrin Titze

Emmanuel Mouret on the César award-winning costumes by Pierre-Jean Larroque and production design by David Faivre: "The sets could be a bit like a screen for the silhouettes." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cécile de France, who has one of the most charismatic smiles in French cinema, shines as Madame de La Pommeraye in Lady J (Mademoiselle De Joncquières aka The Art Of Seduction), Emmanuel Mouret's fresh take on an episode from Diderot's Jacques the Fatalist, the same one Robert Bresson so brilliantly turned into his 1945 film Les dames Du Bois De Boulogne.

Madame de Joncquières (Natalia Dontcheva) with Madame de La Pommeraye (Cécile de France) and Mademoiselle de Joncquières (Alice Isaaz) with the Marquis des Arcis (Edouard Baer)

In particular the scenes with her friend, Lucienne (played beautifully by Laure Calamy), are a standout of acting on at least three levels. Their conversations function like a palimpsest, questioning with the slightest winks,
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Indie Sales boards Emmanuel Mouret’s costume drama ‘Mademoiselle de Joncquières’ (exclusive)

Indie Sales boards Emmanuel Mouret’s costume drama ‘Mademoiselle de Joncquières’ (exclusive)
Plus first image of project starring Edouard Baer, Cécile de France and Alice Isaaz released.

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Mademoiselle De Joncquières

Paris-based Indie Sales has boarded French director Emmanuel Mouret’s upcoming 18th century, love triangle costume drama Mademoiselle de Joncquières, starring Edouard Baer, Cécile de France and Alice Isaaz.

The sales company, which will kick-off sales on the film at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris this week (Jan 18-22), has released an exclusive first image of Baer and Isaaz in the costume drama.

The film is inspired by a tale in French Enlightenment writer and philosopher Didier Diderot’s classic picaresque work Jacques The Fatalist exploring ideas of fate and free will.

Baer plays the libertine figure of the Marquis des Arcis opposite de France in the role of Madame de la Pommeraye, an attractive, reclusive widow he seduces.

When their relationship comes to a messy end the spurned Madame de la Pommeraye
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Marguerite | Review

Sing the Body Apoplectic: Giannoli Pays Thanks to the Music

French director Xavier Giannoli borrows an obscure piece of American pop culture for his latest feature, Marguerite, a 1920s Parisian high society dramedy based loosely on the life and career of New England socialite Florence Foster Jenkins. Oblivious to her glaring lack of talent, the wealthy soprano was the source of rampant ridicule, her folly reaching an unmitigated apotheosis following a sold-out Carnegie Hall performance in an instance of truth being stranger than fiction. Resting beautifully on the masterful shoulders of Catherine Frot, an oft-Cesar nominated actress who hasn’t had the deserving international acclaim she’s due, the film’s success hinges delicately on her performance, even with a cadre of supporting players otherwise subjugated to empathetic cliché or predictably reprehensible conduct.

Marguerite Dumont (Frot) has staged a benefit concert at her home, a sprawling chateau outside of Paris.
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Immigrant tale 'Fatima' wins best film at France's Césars

Immigrant tale 'Fatima' wins best film at France's Césars
Big winners also included Oscar nominee Mustang and local box office hit Margurite.

Philippe Faucon’s contemporary immigrant drama Fatima won best film at France’s César ceremony in Paris on Friday, beating hot favourites Marguerite, My Golden Years, and Oscar nominee Mustang as well as Palme d’Or winner Dheepan.

The picture — based on the semi-autobiographical works of Fatima Elayoubi about an illiterate North African woman adapting to life in France — also won Césars for best upcoming actress for Zita Hanot and best adaptation for Faucon.

As was the case last year, when Abderrahmane Sissako’s timely exploration of Islamic extremism of Timbuktu swept the board, the votes of 4,276-strong César academy appear to have been influenced in part by events in France, which like many countries across Europe is preoccupied with immigration and the reality of its ethnic minorities.

Other winners on Friday night included foreign language Oscar nominee Mustang and local box office hit [link
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